Night Adder (2009)
Night Adder showed up a little later in the movie run. A lot of those later wave toys were difficult for me to track down. I can also only recall seeing this guy on shelves once. I’m glad I did, since he emerged as one of my favorites of the first movie line.
Cobra has had animal handlers or characters with animal sidekicks in the past, but they’ve never presented a dog handler. I’m honestly a bit surprised at that, considering that Cobra needs to maintain security at its facilities just as much as the GI Joe team. Since this is Cobra, instead of an official security team like an MP and K9 unit, we basically have a big bruiser of a guy with a vicious looking dog.
The Resolute Roadblock body was a perfect choice for this imposing character. It sports some of the best range of motion of the modern construction style, particularly in the arms. The modern style also lends itself to differing builds for figures, and this one naturally is quite a bit larger than standard size. To add to Night Adder’s personality, he’s covered in tattoos, some of which are pretty inventive nods to Joe lore. My favorite is the “Cobra LA” across his stomach, a play on everyone’s favorite ancient underground society.
Whether intentional or not, the helmet has the appearance of a muzzle. It took me a while to realize that the head comes from the Rise of Cobra Ice Viper. The holes in the sides of the head are telltale signs of the previous figure’s visor.